Golden Bears Primed for Pacific Coast Doubles Championship
March 5, 2009
BERKELEY - The California men's tennis team (3-5) will take a break from dual matches to participate in the 2009 Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships this weekend (March 6-8) hosted by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in La Jolla, Calif. The 120th running of the three-day doubles exhibition tournament begins on Friday, March 6 and concludes on Sunday, March 8. For more information, draws and up-to-date results, please visit www.usta.com and search for the tournament under Pacific Coast Men's Doubles. For more information about the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, please visit www.ljbtc.com.
Last year, Jonathan Dahan and Kallim Stewart teamed up to advance to the round of 16. Three Bear tandems made it to the round of 32; joining Dahan and Stewart were the team of Pedro Zerbini and Geoff Chizever and Zach Gilbert and Ken Nakahara. Eoin Heavey and Pierre Mouillon advanced to the consolation semifinals.
As a team Cal is ranked No. 46 in the latest Campbell's/ITA College Tennis Poll of NCAA Division I Men's Tennis teams. The Bears boast a lineup that features the No. 7-ranked doubles team in the country when Zerbini and Chizever take the court. The pair won the Wilson/ITA Northern Cal Regional Doubles Championship in the fall to receive automatic entry to the ITA National Indoor Championships and have compiled a 17-4 record this season, 6-1 in dual matches. Overall, the Bears are 40-29 in all doubles matches (11-12 in duals).
Cal will return to dual-match play next week as the Bears host three matches at the Hellman Tennis Complex. First up is UAB (Alabama-Birmingham) on Tuesday, March 10 at 1:30 p.m. Next, Michigan State comes to town for a 1:30 p.m. bout on Thursday, March 12. Cal closes the three-match home stand with Tulsa in a 1 p.m. start on Saturday, March 14. Please check CalBears.com for more information and updates.